With reports claiming a bid from Bolton Wanderers for David Ngog is imminent; it’s time to consider whether his departure would be best for both him and Liverpool.
The young Frenchman has looked sharp so far in pre-season, perhaps driven by the fact that he was offered to Sunderland as a makeweight for the Jordan Henderson deal. His performances this summer even led to a mention by Liverpool’s owner, John W. Henry, who publicly showed his appreciation for Ngog’s efficient finishing during the tour of Asia on his twitter account. The problem is though, that David Ngog has always looked fantastic in pre-season.
When facing opponents the calibre of Guangdong and a Malaysian XI, David Ngog can appear to look like a future star, but in seasons past, the Frenchman has failed to follow up his sizzling pre season form while playing in the Premier League. He’s been at the club since 2008 and is still relatively young, but the question is whether it’s finally time to give up on N’gog.
On paper, he seems to have some of the main attributes needed to be a top striker in world football; he’s tall, he’s quick, he’s athletic and he even has decent ball control. What he seems to lack, however, is some game intelligence and confidence. It’s true that when he’s high on confidence, it shows and he looks a real player, but on more occasions than most, he’s failed to make much of an impact on the matches he’s been selected for and may now benefit from being the main man at another Premiership club.
One thing to consider however is the amount of late bloomers we’ve seen in football over the years. Hardly anyone would have heard too much about Didier Drogba before 2004 while one of our recent acquisitions, Charlie Adam, was being loaned out by Rangers just a few years ago. One thing I definitely don’t want to happen is that Liverpool are made to lament letting David Ngog leave at a time when he could potentially explode and show his true quality.
This is why I would like to see David Ngog sent out on a season-long loan to a mid table Premier League club instead of being sold. A full season of being one of the main forwards at a Premiership club is a good platform for him to show his potential and would help Liverpool judge once and for all whether he has the ability to succeed at the club or not.
If Ngog were to do well on his loan, we would be able to have him back the following season as a reliable back up striker. If he didn’t do so well however, we’d still be able to sell him for at least triple the amount we bought him for. It’s clear that N’gog isn’t developing at a fast enough rate but it is also clear that he would benefit from a lot more game time in the Premiership. If N’gog is sold rather than loaned out, I just hope that Liverpool don’t end up regretting the decision and we aren’t left dreaming of what could have been.
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